Richard Young’s new body of work completed at NES, explores imagery based on geological aspects of Iceland including the mid-Atlantic ridge and draws a parallel to the process of grief and recovery. During the residency he also traveled to various sites in northern Iceland including Myvatn and Jokulsarglufur (Vatnajokull) National Park in Asbyrgi to document the subglacial eruptive ridge. He is experimenting with the use of water-based oil painting and collage processes on a variety of paper and wood supports.
His previous research examined 19th century American landscape painting and the sublime. He is currently professor of painting at Boise State University in the northwestern United States. http://ralanyoung.com/home.html
‘During my time at NES I have produced BREYTINGAR mudances, a video art project that investigates processes of change related to cultural-geographical environments and corporeal experiences.
The project shows an itinerary through different days that has been built by creating formal and conceptual bounds between spaces and their history, and improvised performances.
In these performances I explore the gesture as a means to embody the experience of change, the experience of inhabiting the space and inhabiting the body. www.andrearevesz.com
Georgia Hill is an Australian artist, specialising in type based artworks that combine bold, black and white textures and lettering within experimental compositions.
Over the last three years, Hill’s experience travelling and creating large scale mural works in various communities have come to inform an exploration not just of personal reflection, but also how structures and our natural environments are home to and vital in allowing these experiences to develop from one physical context to another.
This is a concept Hill will be developing further in her time in Skagaströnd by exploring structures and natural surrounds and learning about the town’s history and personal stories. http://www.georgiahill.com.au/
Iwona Knorr is a photographer based in Germany. She works mainly on long term projects exploring the human condition. Her prominent and internationally recognised project about the fishermen on the Rugen Island in Germany was published as a photobook in 2014. During her stay in Skagaströnd she explores the background of the intimate tie between Icelanders and their natural environment. She states: “While taking portraits of genuine Icelanders I sensed a kind of a mystical aura around them. They spoke about lights they have seen in the nearby cliffs and people like us living there. They are supposed to be stones during the day and become alive after sunset. At twilight I approached the cliffs deliberately and cautious watching for humanlike signs. I believe I have seen some of them.” www.iwona-knorr.de
Marian Reid is a writer who works globally with communities to tell stories. Her creative work is informed by place, people and culture.She is interested in tracing traditional practices in modern times, curious about the past life of buildings in strange places, and always seeking stories that shape the identity of a community. At NES, she has been working on a series of poems and short stories.www.marianreid.com
Oliver Hutchison is engaged in an exploration of the interconnectedness of the human and nonhuman and the relationship between human activity, ecology, time and space. Working across a deliberately diverse set of media incorporating photography, video, sculpture, sound and interactive machine making he creates works which aim to break down and invert the distinctions between artist, artwork and audience.
The unpredictability that arises from the complexity of human relations with the nonhuman is central to Oliver’s investigations and by outsourcing his hand into the unpredictable activities of living organisms, the environment and technological processes Oliver is directly engaged with chance as a means to undermine the notion of human self-sufficiency and moral self-determination.
Laura Cruz & Alejandro Rodriguez farewell Nes with a dance performance. All welcome.
‘We are Laura and Alejandro, scenic artists, from Guadalajara, México. We like to create taking the body and it´s possibilities as the starting point in the making of our own language. We have a theatre group in México called “Paralelo Teatro” that mixes dance, theatre and other physical disciplines in it´s work.
In Iceland we are working on a new piece for the group taking the subject of exile, and exploring the possibilities of speech and movement.’
‘I’m a Dutch writer working here in Nes on my 5th book. A story about a woman who is told she’s got 3 more months to live. She arranges everything: does her bucket list, stops her subscriptions on magazines and papers, quits her job, makes her will, organizes her funeral. She is ready for it. But she just doesn’t die.
And then the story begins…
Louise withdraws herself little by little from daily life, and starts living during the night. The night doesn’t belong to anybody. The night is more gentle than the daytime. Nothing is over exposed, less questions are asked.
She starts talking to strangers via intercoms. She wakes them up with her questions about life. People appreciate these conversations, and she becomes more and more popular. But still there is a longing.
Nobody knows who she is. And she herself doesn’t know it either any more. How to give life meaning when the count down has already begun?
What stays is the quest for contact. But can contact be regarded as meaningful if you don’t see the people you’re talking to? If everything is indirect? Confessions made through a intercom horn? When can one speak of real contact?
Read Falling time to get the answers. 😉 www.carolineligthart.blogspot.nl